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A threesome of Aloha sailings

/ Source: Sherman's Travel

Book by:  ASAP
Travel by: Fall 2008

The deal: Surrounded by thousands of miles of ocean, it only makes sense to see Hawaii the way ancient Polynesian voyagers did — from the sea. But the pearls of the Pacific are also one of the priciest cruise destinations. So we recommend you book today and capitalize on savings on Aloha State sailings. Here’s what’s going to make you jump hula hoops: various voyages are selling at 59 percent off rack rates! Pick between Norwegian, Carnival or Holland America, and set sail from just $1,049.

Fall sailing aboard Pride of Aloha
On several dates next fall, Norwegian’s Pride of Aloha hits high seas round-trip from Honolulu on a weeklong Hawaii odyssey. Included in this stellar itinerary are the following ports of call: Hilo and Kailua-Kona on Hawaii, Maui’s Kahului, and Nawiliwili on Kauai. It’s only fitting you’ll be sailing Hawaii aboard the Pride of Aloha, a ship that according to “offers a genuinely unique resort-at-sea cruise”. If you reserve this early-booking deal through CruisesOnly, you’ll save 59 percent off brochure rates. Inside cabins are priced at $1,149; oceanview staterooms sell for $1,349.

Cruise from Mexico to Hawaii in April
Can’t wait that long? Orbitz has a spring special for a 12-night westbound sailing around the Hawaiian islands aboard Carnival Spirit, departing on April 20 from Mexico’s Ensenada. The current cost of inside cabins is $1,049, as opposed to $2,299 if you booked through the cruise line directly. That’s a mark-down of 54 percent! You’ll visit six of Hawaii’s most stunning spots —Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Kailua-Kona, Hilo, Lahaina, and Kahului. The itinerary also covers five entire days en route to Hawaii. Oceanview staterooms sell for $1,299, while balconied units go for $1,649.

Holland America odyssey in March
An even earlier cruise, departing on March 19, is the epic sea journey to Hawaii aboard the upscale Holland America’s Zaandam. This 15-night voyage is on offer by Vacation Outlet for $1,349, instead of its advertised price of $3,129. This reflects savings of 57 percent off the regular cost. The high-end cruise departs round-trip from San Diego, en route visiting Hilo, Honolulu, Kailua-Kona, Port Allen and Lahaina, plus Mexico’s Ensenada on return. Eight entire days at sea are also thrown in. Oceanview units go for $1,549, while balconied cabins sell for $2,999.

The dollars
The rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. The cost covers onboard accommodations, meals and entertainment, as well as port charges. You’ll just have to dish out extra for government taxes and fees, as well as any shore excursions you may decide to take.

The catch
Lei greeting not included!

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